Tuesday, August 20, 2002

Obituary: Donald Domizio was GE engineer

Recent retiree enjoyed acting, volunteering

By Rebecca Billman, rbillman@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        WEST CHESTER TWP. — Donald J. Domizio, a retired senior manufacturing engineer for General Electric, died Saturday at Bethesda North Hospital. The West Chester resident was 58.

        Mr. Domizio went to work for GE in 1964 — the year he received a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Detroit. He began with the manufacturing training program in Utica, N.Y. His wife, Karen Domizio, said that this was “a select program where they chose people to proceed along the GE track. At the time that he did it, it was a very elite group of people.”

        After concluding the three-year program, Mr. Domizio moved his family to Greater Cincinnati, where they lived in Wyoming for three years before moving on to Schenectady, then Glens Falls, N.Y.

        In 1980, Mr. Domizio began working in international sourcing at the Evendale plant. As an advanced manufacturing engineer, he made deals for aircraft engines with countries in the Middle and Far East and Europe, especially Turkey and Israel.

        “He made really good friends with people all across the globe,” said his son, Daniel C. Domizio of O'Bryonville. “A lot of Turks and Israeli people made close ties with him with his business dealings.”

        Mr. Domizio received a master's in business administration from Xavier University and was an adjunct professor in XU's MBA program 1984-94.

        He retired in January.

        Last November, Mr. Domizio joined the cast of Joey & Maria's Italian Wedding, playing the father of the bride in this improvisational dinner theater production on BB Riverboats. “He really enjoyed that role,” said his son, who acted with him. He was still in the show when he died.

        Mr. Domizio was a member of GE's Elfun Society and raised money for St. Xavier High School, Ursuline Academy and St. John the Evangelist Church. He volunteered with Krohn Conservatory, Tall Stacks and the Flying Pig Marathon.

        In addition to his wife of 34 years, Karen J. Andresen Domizio, and his son, Daniel, survivors include: two daughters, Annemarie E. Domizio of Napa, Calif., and Marisa L. Domizio of New York, N.Y.

        Visitation is 6-9 p.m. today and 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. John the Evangelist Church, 9080 Cincinnati-Dayton Road in West Chester. Mass of Christian burial is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Interment is at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Montgomery.

        Memorials: American Heart Association, 2936 Vernon Place, Cincinnati 45219.


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